About photography

This category contains posts in which I write about photography, sometimes together with posting new photos, sometimes as standalone posts. I’m covering topics such as post processing, critique, my own philosophy on photography, that sort of thing. Posts will contain additional tags (keywords) to create narrower sub-archives for these topics (Tech, Post Processing, Critique, Philosophy…).

Red on Black

While hiking with Shuwen at Torrey Pines Extension to show her the Delphinium cardinale (Scarlet Larkspur) in bloom, I remembered a technique I had not used in a long time – “killing the ambient light” with a fast shutter speed and a small aperture (high f-stop number) and then use flash to illuminate (and thus, isolate) the foreground subject. Continue reading

Do we owe nature more truth in photography?

On a recent morning visit to Torrey Pines (State Natural Reserve) I saw a group of three young people walk out towards a little vista point. Upon reaching the vista point, the girl in the group mechanically said “wow” (without any audible punctuation mark, more like a half-yawn), and they turned around and walked back. They’re standing at one of the last places with somewhat intact maritime chaparral, and home of the rarest pine tree in the United States, and that was it? Continue reading

Starry Night at Laguna Meadows (3 photos)

Santa Ana weather is pretty annoying if you ask me – clear blue skies and hot, dry winds. Not exactly any photographer’s favorite I guess, but at night the winds die down, temperatures drop, and the dry air brings exceptionally clear skies that are pretty good for night time photography. Continue reading

Coulter’s Snapdragon (3 photos)

Perhaps due to the “super” blooms at Anza Borrego, Carrizo Plain and elsewhere this year (thanks to California’s wet winter), I’m looking at our local flora with a more elevated sense of curiosity than during regular walks in the springtime. Because maybe, just maybe, there’s a flower or plant out this year that I haven’t seen before? Continue reading

Blue Hour at the Tabletops (4 photos)

I hadn’t been to South Cardiff State Beach and the tide pools of Tabletop Reef in quite a while. Or rather, the coast in general. It had been 6 weeks, and I began to feel a certain longing for the ocean. I thought that’s interesting – I lived in Germany for 40 years, and I’ve been on “beach vacations” in Italy, Greece and Turkey in the past, but I never felt that I actually missed the ocean.

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Chaparral Clematis (3 photos)

Last Sunday I joined a docent-led hike at the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve (SMER) – an open space that is normally closed to the public. Volunteers who lead hikes make it possible to see and experience this wonderful place. The hike went from the reserve’s south entrance down into Temecula Canyon, where Santa Margarita River flows nicely at the moment. Continue reading

West Side Road

West Side “Road” is a hiking trail on Cleveland National Forest land that starts at the very end of the San Diego Country Estates area near Ramona. It’s very close to the super-popular Cedar Creek Falls trailhead – and receives very little attention. Continue reading

Long Exposures at Tabletop Reef (2 photos)

I’m close to finishing the culling/editing and processing of my photos from December (three days with photo activities left). Here are two photos from a morning outing to the familiar tide pools at Tabletop Reef. Continue reading